New Delhi, Sep 15 (PTI) Information and Broadcasting Minister Smriti Irani congratulated Doordarshan on completing 58 years today, saying its signature tune and programmes evoke fond memories.

Doordarshan had a modest beginning with an experimental telecast in Delhi on 15 September 1959, with a small transmitter and a make shift studio.

Today, the division of Prasar Bharati is one of the largest broadcasting organisations in the world in terms of studios and transmitters, according to its website. It runs over 22 channels across the country.

“58 years ago @DDNational transformed lives of every Indian. Its signature tune and programs evoke fond memories,” Irani said in a tweet.

She also posted a picture with the Doordarshan logo and the text– “Congratulations to Doordarshan on completing 58 years”–written by its side.

In his tweet, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said, “For 58 yrs @DDNational has brought Indians together, binding them through a single thread. Happy b’day to this unifying national institution!”

Prasar Bharati Chairman A Surya Prakash also extended his wishes to the Doordarshan family.

Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi S Vempati tweeted, “Best wishes to entire Doordarshan family marking 58 years. You played an influential and formative role in lives of generations of Indians.”

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.